The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil, €12 via ASOS. No press samples featured. Not sponsored. All links used in this post are affiliate links, meaning I make commission if you purchase the item using my link.
This post is the first of many that will focus on skin care from The Ordinary. I placed two separate orders this month; the first because I was curious, the second because I was hooked.
The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil was an afterthought, thrown into my basket so I could qualify for free shipping. Plus, I figured a soothing/nourishing oil would come in handy if one of the many acids I bought (a gal can never have too many acids) ended up liquefying my face. Well, three weeks on, my face isn’t liquid, thank god, but I’m still using the oil.
So, first off, rose hip seed oil is rich in vitamins and fatty acids, so while The Ordinary are very brief in their product promises, you ought to expect lots of hydration, repair, comfort and plumping from this. Personally, I’ve had some good experience with rose hip before. Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil got me through last winter, but I wasn’t completely sold on the texture (it felt sort of grainy after massaging?) so didn’t repurchase.
The Ordinary’s incarnation is also organic, but has been cold pressed too, which is supposed to ensure the oil makes it from the plant to the bottle with as much potency as possible. And while I always take espoused benefits with a pinch of salt, I’ve ended up really enjoying this.
It’s a lovely, lighter oil that doesn’t feel like it’s just sitting atop my skin, goofing off. I tend to layer this with two or three water-based treatments, to act as a hydrating barrier. Importantly, it plays nicely with those base layers. That means I’m way more comfortable using this at bedtime – no fear of feeling like I’m going to slide off/soak my pillow.
While we’re chatting soaking, there’s no getting away from the fact that oils are messy. I don’t fuck with ones that aren’t well packaged. I like pumps best, but I’m coping just fine with this pipette. It’s a good pipette. And yes, I’ve mentally ranked all the pipettes I’ve tried.
Also, the UV protective bottle is a nice touch. It’ll help protect the oil from degrading with sun damage, if you’re in the habit of leaving your skin care on display.
It’s not strongly scented, which I suppose could be a pro or a con, depending on what floats your boat. I’ve decided I like that about the products that I use regularly and that I wear at night. Also, if your skin is sensitive, the omission of perfumes means there’s less room for irritation.
As oils go, this is up there with some of the most expensive ones I’ve tried (I once went through a €200 bottle. Honestly. That is not a typo), despite being the cheapest. I’ll definitely be buying another bottle when this one is empty.